Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, October 28

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The second issue of 
The Isla Mujeres Magazine
 to benefit Isla charities 
 is online, 
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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

City continues pumping water from the salinas

Comuna continúa con trabajos de achique en las lagunas

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 27 de octubre.-
  See translation below....

Islanders participate in dance competition in Cancun 

Participantes isleños, en Cancún

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 27 de octubre.-  
     The “Renata Dance Studio” (RDS) school of Isla Mujeres won several awards at a dance competition at the Cancun Casa de la Cultura.
        In the category of Modern Jazz, for dancers 13 to 15, a cash prize and certificate of recognition was won by Ana Laura Avalos, 14, which was the main accomplishment of the troupe. In the category of dancers 8 to 12, Saraí Vega, Maried Parra, Zazil Calderón, Ana Paula Pérez, all age 10, won first prizes. A second place award was won by Margarita Celis, 14, in the category of lyrical jazz. The efforts of their teacher, Renata Rodriguez, were also recognized and a scholarship was awarded.
      On Wednesday morning, the dancers will attend an intensive course in Jazz dancing in the City of Toluca, which will include dancers, students, and teachers from all over the country. The classes will take place from October 28 to November 2.

Ceremony postponed for Pueblo Magico award 

De Pueblo Mágico

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 27 de octubre.-
   Due to the heavy rain, the ceremony that was scheduled to deliver the award for the designation "Pueblo Magico", with Gov. Roberto Borge Angulo, was postponed, and will be held at a later date. 
      This distinction was granted to the municipality of Isla Mujeres on September 25 in the city of Puebla, and the official ceremony for the state Governor to award it to the local officials was scheduled for October 27th.


From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (you can join this FB page at this link)

Friday October 30th: Procession of the Souls and Exhibition of Altars
Este viernes 30 te esperamos en el paseo de las ánimas y la exhibición de ofrendas.

Due to the weather, the ceremonies at the Casa de Cultura were canceled, and the new date is to be announced.
Debido a las condiciones del clima, se suspende la Sesión Solemne del día de hoy. Agradecemos compartan la información.

Job vacancies for data entry personnel
Compartimos con la ‪#‎ComunidadEnAcción‬ la siguiente Vacante. ‪#‎IslaMujeres‬

Oct. 27, International Day of Audiovisual heritage
Hoy 27 de Octubre, Día Mundial del Patrimonio Audiovisual.


link to Quequi's Isla Mujeres articles  

Continue pumping water from Salinas


Continúan trabajando bombas de achique

0 28 de octubre de 2015  By Carlos Gasca

 The municipal Director of Civil Protection,  Mauro Humberto Rodríguez Velázquez, said the levels of the Salinas have decreased significantly, and they continue to run the pumps, to prevent further flooding. 
      There is no longer any flooding in the neighborhoods, and the pumps will continue running around the clock, because the levels are still above normal. The additional pump which had been provided by Aguakan at Salina Grande was removed, which had been obstructing traffic in the colonia, but had been a great help. He said these bodies of water are connected to the main aquifer and if the sea level rises, this also affects the salinas and lagoons.

Studying marine life

Medio Ambiente

Estudiarán la fauna marina

0 28 de octubre de 2015  By Carlos Gasca
   A training workshop is being held at the Isla Contoy National Park, which began on Tuesday October 27 and will conclude on Friday, October 30, for fishermen and tourism service providers who frequent the island. 
       The Director of the Park, Maria del Carmen Garcia Rival explained that the workshop is being given by the NGO MarAlliance in collaboration of the fishermen of the reserves of the Biospheres Bancho Chinchorro and of Belize. They were trained by Dr Rachel Graham, who has over 30 years of experience in researching whale sharks and manta rays.
       She is a conservation biologist with more than 20 years experience working in issues of the environment and development in Latin America and in Africa. She has dedicated the past 15 years to the investigation and conservation of predators, including reef sharks, and her specific focus is on whale sharks, manta rays, and grouper in deep water.
     Her recent projects have focused on the biology and ecology of endangered species and the integration of the results with the identification of anthropological threats to create management strategies which include conservation of marine species that migrate. She believes in a global and local approach for scientific awareness and resource management, dedicated to research and conservation of sharks at local, national, and international levels.
      She has recently worked on this issued in Belize, Cuba, Madagascar, Honduras, Mexico, and in Pohnpei, Micronesia. In 2011, she won the Gold First Prize for the Whitley Fund for Wildlife for her work with sharks and in communities.

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Information about the Human Rights for Children law

Asesoría sobre la ley de los Derechos de los Niños[+] Ver mas

   A meeting was held at the Casa de la Cultura about the law, and the newer law (the 'ley preferente') for the Rights of Children and Teens of Quintana Roo, by the Deputy Director of the Care and Protection of Children and Teens of the state DIF system, Norma Gariela Salazar Rivera. She announced that Quintana Roo was the first state to sign the agreement "Diez for la Infancia", (Ten for the Children), which has made progress since its implementation.
      The goal is to remove all of the bureaucratic obstacles and to ensure the resolution and return of the rights of children and teens to the forefront. For example, if a child is sick and needs medical care, that should be available whether or not the child has Seguro Popular (insurance). In the same way, a child should not be denied a basic education for lacking a birth certificate or other document.
   She said the division of the Attorney General's Offices for the Defense of Children and Families will be called Procuradurias de Protection, and will file charges in cases where the law is not enforced. She explained that these new units have already been installed nationwide. This is in agreement with the ley preferente that was put forth by Enrique Pena Nieto in 2014, and approved in Quintana Roo on April 30, 2015.
      She said that while the previous law had a system of monitoring and protection, this new law includes the installation of municipal systems which serve to guarantee the rights of children and to avoid the violation of their rights.
     She cited the case of a teenager who was not allowed to go to Middle School because s/he had no birth certificate; a situation which then caused a failure to have other rights, beginning with the right to an education. She said she has visited all the municipalities in Quintana Roo, coming to Isla Mujeres last, with the goal of providing information about this law that has been promoted by the Federal Government, making children and teens a priority, and now there are no excuses.
    After this meeting there was a swearing in of the " Niños Difusores", led by María Isabel Kú Caamal, the municipal Difusora 2016, who will represent Isla Mujeres at the capitol of Chetumal at a Convention on November 20 and will travel to Mexico (City) for the National Difusores Convention. (The Difusores program involves children teaching other children about the Human Rights of children.)

Preserving Mexican Traditions
Preservan tradiciones mexicanas. [+] Ver mas

  The town historian, Fidel Villanueva Madrid, said he is very happy to see the interest of local students from various schools who are participating in the Altar Competition on the municipal square on October 31st. This is a celebration of precolonial beliefs combined with Catholic beliefs, into what is now known as  Día de Muertos  (Day of the Dead) or Hanal Pixan (Food for the Souls), and these altars honor those who died before wu with their favorite objects, foods, and beverages. This is a tradition that has persisted and continues to persist with the passage of the years.
    He explained that in the Mayan culture, like all Mesoamerican cultures, offerings are made to their dead which are pleasing in the form of scents, flavors, colors, and sounds, and are part of the magic that surround this tradition.  He said this is an invitation to participate in these beliefs about life and death which make us different from others, on October 31st at the Town Square.
     He said there were four or five years when there was no participation in altar competitions, and then the Middle School had a contest, with the intention of having the young people work together.
     He said the Isla Mujeres has a special magic and part of this magic is because the island is the genesis of Mexico, where the Spanish first arrived when they 'discovered' (descubrieron) the country in their first three voyages, while Hernan Cortes later went to Tenochtitlan and began the Conquest.
     "Our traditions give us a sense of permanence and belonging, while we are a tourism community, and many of the tourists who come to this destination for Dia de Muertos will see the altars and the things related to these special days. The Americans are attracted by these traditions; they ask and are surprised by our various espantos (ghosts/spirits/demons), including  Chivo Brujo, a la Xtabay, a los Aluxes and whole variety of others, while the American monsters, such as Frankenstein, Dracula, and Wolfman cannot hold a candle to them. We have a very vast culture that is rich in nuances, which is sometimes forgotten for the sake of being a cheap copy of North American Halloween," he said.


On Friday evening, there will be a display of altars & offerings for Dia de los Muertos at the Casa de Cultura (representative of styles from different regions of Mexico). On Saturday night, there's an Hanal Pixan (Mayan) altar competition on the Square.
Here's some information about these altars from the National Commission for the Development of Indigenous People, (edited & translated)./Comisión Nacional para el Desarrollo de los Pueblos Indígenas.~ Editor

Día de Muertos is a traditional celebration when the souls of the deceased visit their loved ones and descendants.
Usually the altar has three tiers, displaying photographs of the deceased, and offering their favorite foods, & items that were special to them. It can be on the floor, a table, or a special structure, & includes things that appeal to the eye, taste, & smell, evoking familiar memories.One level symbolizes the sky, another the earth, and the other represents the underworld levels that the dead must leave to come to our world.
Water is offered to soothe their thirst after their long journey, and because it is the source of life. The light from the candles guides the souls back to their former homes and represents faith & hope. Salt represents purification & preservation.
Copal incense is a traditional, precolonial offering of indigenous people, and represents reverence, prayer, and praise. It may be used to clean the area of evil spirits, making it safe for the soul to enter. Other incense may also be used.
Flowers are symbols of celebration because of their scents and colors, which attract the souls, and make them happy. The blooms and petals of the Zempoalxóchitl (marigold) adorn the altars and graves. The colors of the alhelí and la nube flowers represent the purity and tenderness of the souls of children.
Candy skulls are reminders of the fate of every human and the acceptance that death is inevitable, but that it is not frightening because it is sweet. They can be simple or elaborate, and are often exchanged between friends, with the name of the receiver written on the front.
Papel Picado (thin paper squares with cut outs suiting the occasion) may form garlands or accents. Cigarettes, cigars, and alcohol are common offerings for adults, and for departed children there are sweets and toys. Fruits and favorite baked goods are also offered. The altar is generally taken down after November 2.

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October events

Sunset ~6:40
Moonrise over the Caribbean

Oct. 27   6:44
Oct. 28   7:37
Oct. 29   8:31
Oct. 30   9:26
Oct. 31  10:22

Thursday, Oct. 1 You are invited to the lighting of the pink lights today at 7pm on the Town Square commemorating the start of the fight against breast cancer

Monday, Oct. 5 Noon Bazaar at offices of El Corazon del Wilito charity which benefits babies and children needing heart surgery (Next to Tugui Paleteria in La Gloria)

Friday, Oct. 9  Day of the Fishermen (Dia del Pescador). Event at Monument to the Fishermen at Rueda Medina commemorating those who lost their lives at sea and placing of wreath at sea

Monday, Oct. 12  Dia de la Raza

Activities at the Casa de la Cultura:
  On October 12, a workshop will begin on Painting and Drawing with teacher Dante Loyola at the Casa de Cultura on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6pm, for 50 pesos weekly, which includes basic materials.
   On October 5, fitness classes to relieve stress and improve fitness will begin, with Dani Velasquez, at a cost of 100 pesos a week, on Monday thru Friday at 6pm, at the Casa de Cultura.
    On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 5pm, there are classes for those who enjoy the rhythms of urban dance, hip hop, soca, afro, and mambo de calle at the Casa de Cultura.
      A theater workshop for youths and adults will begin on Oct. 14 from 6p-8p, with teacher Rita Giacchetti, with the objective of teaching the participants how to put on a performance. There will be 24 sessions between Mondays and Fridays, with a small contribution required.

Wed. Oct. 21 at the Casa de Cultura Isla Mujeres at 7pm, Free event
Cuban photographs, Art and a Dance performance

Wednesday, Oct. 21 Casa de Cultura  4p-8p Free Entry Sea turtles and their conservation at the Isla Contoy National Park of Quintana Roo   
       Subjects: Nesting beaches,  Sea monitoring, Genetics and marking, Monitoring the beach temperatures 
  Sponsored by Amigos de Isla Contoy and contact info is given for more information

It says: Advisory: On Sunday, Oct. 25 from 5a to 11a there will be street closures due to the Triathlon. The following streets will be closed: Rueda Medina Avenue, Adolfo Lopez Mateos, Carlos Lazo, the Eastern Malecon (Malecon Oriente), the Airport road, the Curve by colonia Chiapaneco, and the coastal Perimetral road to Garrafon.

Tuesday, Oct. 27   Blue Crab protection campaign scheduled (Sac Bajo, possibly also along the eastern coastal road between the cemetery and Punta Sur)

Tuesday Oct. 27 Dance performance, Food, Art Fair, Music! At the new Casa de Cultura Isla Mujeres... and the Governor and local officials will be commemorating Isla's designation as a Pueblo Magico. The Casa de Cultura is on the eastern malecon at Abasolo (and Guerrero.....the back street). Scheduled to begin at 7p

The living celebrating the dead in Isla Mujeres...Oct 30 & 31
En Isla Mujeres los vivos celebramos a los muertos.

Oct. 30, Friday, 6p Parade of Souls from Cemetery to Cultural Center where there will be an exhibition of Dia de Los Muertos altars representative of different states in Mexico, by the students of Jean Piaget school, and a Catrinas exhibition.  Free

Saturday, Oct. 31 7p Main Square   Competition of Hanal Pixan altars, Dia de lo Muertos Festival with a Mexican Costume contest and Dance performances by the dance troupes of  Tonantzin, Expresión Folclórica Mexicana, Costumbres y Tradiciones de México, Nuestro México, Asociación de Coreógrafos Folcloristas de México A.C. and Alicia Alonso Dance Studio.

Oct. 31, Saturday at 1pm in Cancun... Movie Premier of  El Principito & Red Carpet event to benefit the Little Yellow School House. 100 pesos, Tickets on sale at Mundaca Realty

Saturday, Oct. 31 Halloween

Sunday, Nov. 1 Dia de los Muertos,  All Saints Day
Monday, Nov. 2  All Souls Day

Isla Mujeres: A Place of Traditions 
 Participate!  This is a poster for a Hanal Pixan altar competition   Hanal Pixan is the Mayan holiday that occurs around the time of Dia de los Muertos and Halloween. It lasts about a week and a half and is a commemoration of departed relatives and friends, who are remembered with offerings of their favorite foods, drinks, and items at altars containing their photos, at homes, businesses, and other locations, and their graves are cleaned and decorated. There are specials foods and other traditions. 

Nov. 5 Thursday 4p   Town Square   Art Fair with 10 pesos food samples

Coming up in November at the Casa de la Cultura!

Every Tuesday and Thursday: Free spay/neuter clinic  (Isla Animals)
 Consults 100p, Vaccines: parvo & distemper 50p, flea & tick meds 20p, wormer 10p. Helpers always welcome! Isla Animals, Mundaca Hacienda, 10am-4pm (No food morning of surgery/water ok)

From Sally Margolis Hi all!! We (Isla Animals) are gearing up for a HUGE Spay/Neuter, Vaccination, Wellness campaign for the animals in Rancho Viejo Nov 17-22. This is a very poor area in the municipality of Isla Mujeres. Most are living without electricity and running water. The situation for the animals there is dire right now with parvo & distemper running rampant, and heavy overpopulation. We expect to treat/vaccinate/spay/neuter 1000 cats & dogs with the cost of surgery at just $10us per dog. This may be the only time any of these animals see a vet. We can treat the existing animals, vaccinate others against disease, curb the population growth, and educate pet owners on proper animal care and make a HUGE DIFFERENCE!! We have the knowledge, experience, volunteers, and heart to make it happen. We are asking for all of your help to raise funds to make the campaign a reality. (We can also accept Paypal donations via our site - just add RANCHO VIEJO in message, and cash in person on Isla Mujeres. Please, please share the link on your social media. It helps us so much. If you are not in a position to donate PLEASE do read the campaign & share, there is lots of excellent info in it about the work we do-There is always so much to do! Thank you for your time!

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